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Beulah Guide Series II    9 foot #5  $295

Beulah Guide Series 2

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Beulah Guide series II
George's Comments

 

The Guide Series II has been a popular rod, and it’s tough to beat this rod at the price of $295.  We have liked their Beulah Platinum but this rod comes in at $100 less and performed slightly better for me.   It isn’t as fancy as the Platinum but what it does have is a slightly faster action and softer tip.  This is a dark gray rod with dark gray wraps.  They are using a Western style grip, with a silver uplocking aluminum seat and a rosewood insert.  The guides are one SiC stripper, with the rest fairly large diameter hard chrome snake guides.   If you are looking for a good rod under $300, look no further.  Overall a very good performance for a less expensive rod. 

 

George’s Casting Notes:   The perfect line: S. A.  MPX in WF-5-F.

Performance at 25 feet:  18.5 points out of 20

Nice in close and even better at mid –range.  Good feel and accuracy.

Performance at 45 feet:  19 points out of 20

This is the sweet spot for this rod.   Nice tight loops and excellent accuracy.  This is a smooth casting rod at mid-range.

Performance at 70 feet:  18.5 points out of 20

Good power, and tracks well, with decent accuracy.   

 

 

James' Comments

Beulah’s Guide Series II was a great seller for us in 2015, partly due to the price but also due to it’s impressive performance for a rod under $300.  This is kind of what I might have expected the Redington rods to cast like, with a lighter swing weight and good blend of power and feel.  I wish they would dress this rod up a bit like the platinum, but of course that would bring the price up drastically. 
 

James' Casting Notes:  55.5 out of 60

Performance at 25 feet:  18 out of 20  
Faster and stiffer than the platinum the Beulah didn’t have as much feel in close.  

Performance at 45 feet:  19 out of 20  
Again less feel and more power, anglers who like crisp, faster actions will like this rod better than the slower, med-fast Platinum.

Performance at 70 feet:  18.5 out of 20 
At 70 feet the Guide Series II is starting to feel much better than the Platinum.  A great rod for the money! 

Cast the whole line:  Yes.

 

 

Logan's Comments

The Beulah Guide Series II is a smooth casting dry fly rod.  Good classic trout look complete with a good looking finish.  I really liked the overall appearance of the Guide Series II.  Not the best rod for power, but really good for in close presentations. 

Logan's casting notes: 51 out of 60

Performance at 25 feet: 18 points out of 20

The Guide Series II was very smooth at this distance.  Tracking was exceptional and the accuracy was spot on.  No complaints at this distance, was hitting the plate with solid consistency.

Performance at 45 feet: 17.5 points out of 20

The Beulah Guide series II was also very smooth at 45 feet.  At 25 and 45 feet this rod was very similar.  Smooth casts and the tracking was excellent.

Performance at 70 feet: 15.5 points out of 20

I wouldn’t recommend casting this rod at 70 feet.  I wouldn’t be overly concerned with this fact because I rarely make these long distance casts when fishing for trout.

 

 

Josh's Comments

The Guide Series II did not impress me as much as the platinum series rods. I think the slower recovery speed of this rod threw me off.  I know George liked it quite a bit more but I found it to lack power.  I also found myself wondering how well it would preform on a windy day. 

Performance at 25 feet:  18 points out of 20  
 Accurate but a little slower, and the recovery on my back cast had me waiting on the rod.  Dry fly enthusiasts and small creek anglers would enjoy this rod at shorter distances.  

Performance at 45 feet:  18 points out of 20  
Nice if there was little wind, but with a hard wind in your face or from the side, there are going to be problems.  

Performance at 70 feet:  17 points out of 20  
A better caster, like George or Jamie, can certainly reach 70 feet easily, but I had a lot of difficultly getting this rod reach out this far.  

 


JG's Comments

 

The Beulah Guide Series II was a pretty sweet rod and when considering it costs less than $300.00.  A zero "frills" rod, it reminds of of the G. Loomis Classic 2-pc rods that were built to fish, not to impress people with superlative cosmetics.  


Performance at 25 feet:   17 points out of 20

At 25 the rod was just a little too stiff and vague for me.  Hitting the target was not a problem, it's just that I didn't get much feel out of the rod. 

Performance at 45 feet:   19 points out of 20

At 45 feet the rod felt much better and could go head to head with several of the other best mid-priced rods.

Performance at 70 feet:   18 points out of 20

At 70 casting became slightly more cumbersome but still far better than a lot of the rods in this price range. The Guide Series II doesnt have the best feel further out but it does have the power.